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Intern, Community-Based Food Systems 

About the Organization Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources.

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Category Internship  

POSITION TITLE: Intern, Community-Based Food Systems
LOCATION: Little Rock, AR
UNIT: Wallace Center
GROUP: Enterprise & Agriculture Group
REPORTS TO: Program Officer, Community-Based Food Systems, Wallace Center


The Wallace Center at Winrock International is a national leader in sustainable and equitable food systems development that supports entrepreneurs and communities as they build a new, 21st century food system that is healthier for people, the environment, and the economy. To achieve this vision, the Center builds and strengthens linkages in the emerging chain of organizations, businesses and civic efforts focused on making good food—healthy, green, fair, and affordable food—an everyday reality in every community. The Wallace Center is a unit within the Enterprise and Agriculture Group of Winrock
International and works across the United States on national level initiatives as well as regionally in partnership with other organizations.

Through its Community-Based Food Systems initiative area, the Wallace Center supports and builds the capacity of community-based organizations who are working to increase access to healthy, fresh, affordable, and fair food in vulnerable communities. To achieve this, the team designs targeted training and technical assistance to partner organizations delivered through a number of modalities, including webinars, conference calls, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, peer and expert site visits, group trainings, web resources, workshops, and one-on-one support. In 2017, the team will launch a new national Community of Practice (CoP) for food systems organizations to build capacity, foster linkages and relationships, share best practices and lessons learned, and solve challenges resulting in more viable local food systems and healthier communities. The Community-Based Food Systems team is also developing new projects in Arkansas, an area of work that is expected to grow in the coming years.


As part of the Community-Based Food Systems team, the Intern will play a key role in planning for and launching the new national Community of Practice (CoP) while providing day-to-day administrative support for existing programs. She/he will help design and implement an outreach and marketing campaign to recruit CoP participants, support the development of an interactive online learning platform and resource portal, and research and generate content for the Center’s trainings and technical assistance programs. The Intern will work with other members of the Wallace Center team in support of these projects as well as independently to achieve project and initiative goals.

This position offers the successful candidate a diverse and meaningful experience with a dynamic and leading organization in the field. While primarily office based, this position will offer the successful candidate a high level of engagement with critical issues and strategies in the expansion of sustainable and equitable food systems and with those leading this work across the US.

This full-time, paid, 6-month internship opportunity will begin Monday June 5, 2017.


  • Assist with the design and implementation of a targeted marketing and outreach campaign to recruit and engage community-based organizations in the new CoP
  • Support the development of an interactive online learning platform and resource library
  • Research and collect relevant materials, resources, publications and tools/toolkits
  • Draft content for press releases, social media posts, blogs, and websites
  • Provide administrative and logistical support for technical assistance and training provision
  • Provide support at meetings, including coordinating schedules and taking notes
  • Other duties as assigned


The ideal candidate will be passionate about supporting community-based food systems organizations and be excited about and fluent in utilizing technology and social media to engage and connect people for purpose. She/he will have excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, be an energetic hard worker and have a positive outlook and attitude.

Education: Minimum of a BA/BS degree in food systems, community development, business, journalism, communications, policy, research, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.

Experience: Past coursework, internship, work, or volunteer experience in food systems, community-based organizations, program development, social entrepreneurship, marketing or communications. Experience or interest working with those with limited food access and/or disadvantaged populations.


Detail-oriented and organized, with ability to create and track large numbers of files and contacts.

Fast and accurate research skills gained from past coursework, internship, volunteer, or work experience. Research may be conducted online, in person, over the phone, or via electronic database(s).

Excellent writing skills, including ability to understand, organize, and distill information from a variety of sources into concise content tailored to the reader. Ability to take accurate notes at meetings.

Excellent communication skills; able to communicate with diplomacy and tact to motivate and get positive results from people.

Knowledge of and comfort with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs, Squarespace and digital images. Salesforce experience a plus.

Demonstrated cross-cultural skills and cultural adaptability in order to be productive in diverse cultural settings. Ability to communicate in a culturally appropriate and sensitive manner, to effectively bring out the best in people of varying backgrounds. Ability to connect people of different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds and help them find common ground.

Other: Interest in or knowledge of sustainable agriculture, local food/food systems or community development demonstrated by past coursework, internship, volunteer or work experience.

Must not require sponsorship to work in the U.S.

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, caste, tribe, age (40 or older), disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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